Two fund-raisers for really good causes are coming up in November …* Don a costume (or don’t) and head to the Please Be Kind To Cyclists 2014 Masquerade Social Soiree, set for 7-10 p.m. Nov. 8 at the 410 Speedshop, 410 Pressler Street. The event celebrates Austin’s biking community, and honors those who have been injured or killed while cycling. It also raises funds used for educational programs, to help injured cyclists and their families, and to support public campaigns such as the Safe Passing initiative. The event, sponsored by Pure Austin Fitness, will include live music, food, drinks, dancing, a raffle and a silent auction. (A couple of years ago I bid on – and won! – a cool baby blue beach cruiser at the event.) Masks provided at the door. Tickets are $60 for members, $75 for non-members and $500 for a table for eight. For more information go to http://www.bekindtocyclists.org/2014-fundraiser.html.* “Gear Up for Victory: A Freewheeling Gala Benefiting People With Parkinson’s,” a cycling-themed fund-raiser hosted by the Davis Phinney Foundation, is set for 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the 410 Speedshop, 410 Pressler Street. Expect music by the Bluebonnets, an auction and raffle, food and drinks. The foundation, founded by Davis and Connie Phinney four years after Davis’ diagnoses with Parkinson’s Disease, aims to help people with Parkinson’s live well today. In 2013, its programs and resources touched more than 100,000 people impacted by Parkinson’s in the U.S. and beyond. Tickets are $75 early bird; $125 general, $250 VIP.